Scientists said Monday that the world's first medical image scanner, which can capture a three-dimensional picture of the entire human body in 20-30 seconds, produced the first scans.
EXPLORER, developed by scientists from the University of California – Davis in the United States, is a combined positron emission tomography (PET) and X-ray computed tomography (CT), which can simultaneously represent the entire body.
Because the device captures radiation much more efficiently than other scanners, EXPLORER can produce an image in just one second and, over time, create movies that can be tracked by specially labeled drugs as they move throughout the body.
According to the researchers, the technology will have countless applications – from improving diagnostics to tracking the progression of the disease to researching new drugs.
EXPLORER will have a profound impact on clinical research and patient care, as it produces better diagnostic PET scans than ever, they said.
According to the researchers, it also scans up to 40 times faster than current PET scans, and can perform a diagnostic scan of the whole body in just 20-30 seconds.
According to them, EXPLORER can scan with a dose of radiation up to 40 times less than the current PET scan.
The scanner was developed in partnership with Shanghai-based United Imaging Healthcare (UIH), which will eventually produce devices for the broader healthcare market.
“While I was imagining what the images would look like over the years, nothing prepared me for the incredible details that we could see in this first scan,” said Simon Cherry, a professor at UC Davis.
“There is still a thorough analysis to be done; I think we already know that the EXPLORER does roughly what we promised,” said Cherry.
The first images from scanning people using the new device will be shown at the upcoming meeting of the Radiological Society of North America, which will begin on November 24 in Chicago.
“The level of detail was astounding, especially when we got the reconstruction method a bit more optimized,” said Ramsey Badawi from UC Davis.
“We could see features that you simply do not see with regular PET scanning. And the dynamic sequence, which shows that radio transmission moving around the body in three dimensions over time, was, frankly, breathtaking, ”said Badavi.
“There is no other device that could receive such data in public, so this is truly a novel,” he said.
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